Dalits Media Watch – English – News Updates 15.07.15

 Dalit girl gang raped in Morena – The Times Of India


UP: Dalit girl set ablaze by lover dies – Zee News


Dalit beaten for walking on land owned by upper caste – The Times Of India


Two gruesome murders within 24 hours rock Allahabad – The Times Of India


HC: priests cannot be restricted to one ghat – The Hindu


Dalit SME fund, launched by P Chidambaram, close to shutting down – Economic Times 


HC asks AP to expedite dalit atrocity case trial – The Times Of India


Rajasthan RTI activist assault case: Four accused surrender – Zee News


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The Times Of India

 Dalit girl gang raped in Morena


TNN | Jul 15, 2015, 12.01 PM IST

BHOPAL: A teenaged dalit girl was allegedly abducted and gang raped by four youths in Ambah village of Morena district. Girl said she was taken into a jungle area and was raped from June 23 to 26. She reported the matter on Tuesday.

Additional SP of Morena Raghuvansh Singh Bhadoria said the crime was allegedly committed by Vishnu Parmar, 22, and his three accomplices. She also said accused made her video clip and threatened to make it public if she registers a complaint.

Her mother accompanied the survivor to SP office of Morena and told police that her daughter was freed on June 27 but the four accused kept threatening and blackmailing her. Some how they managed to muster courage and get a case registered, her mother said.

Zee News

 UP: Dalit girl set ablaze by lover dies


Last Updated: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – 10:56

Muzaffarnagar: A Dalit girl, who was set ablaze allegedly by her lover more than two weeks ago, succumbed to her injuries.

Pinki died of her burn injuries in hospital at Kallarpur village here last evening, police said on Wednesday.

The victim was set on fire by her lover, Dinesh, after she refused to marry him, they said.

Dinesh was arrested on June 29.

A case of murder has been registered against the accused, police said.  PTI 

The Times Of India

 Dalit beaten for walking on land owned by upper caste


A Subburaj,TNN | Jul 15, 2015, 04.08 AM IST

COIMBATORE: In a shocking incident that smacks of the level of inequality that exists in our society, a 40-year-old dalit was bound to an iron pole and severely thrashed by non-dalits for walking through an agricultural land owned by the latter, near Udumalpet in Tirupur district. 

The arms of A Palani, of Chinna Bommansalai in Udumalpet, was tied behind his back and his legs were bound by the trousers he wore. He was then tied to a pole and beaten until he fell unconscious. Palani has been admitted to hospital. The incident that happened four days ago has come to light after human rights activists took up the issue. Police have registered cases against two men, but have not arrested them yet. 

The attack happened on July 9 at about 5.30 pm when Palani walked through the agricultural land belonging to Thirumalaisamy, a non-dalit, as it was a short cut to reach the next street. “As soon as Thirumalaisamy spotted me, he was furious and started threatening me. Though all villagers use the short cut through his land, Thirumalaisamy asked, how can a dalit walk on his land,” Palani told TOI over phone from the hospital bed. 

“I retorted saying that the land will not be spoilt if a dalit walks on it. Immediately, Thirumalaisamy and his son Senthilkumar started beating me. They tied my hands behind and bound me to an iron pole. They then started attacking me with wooden logs. I have cut injuries on my head and my teeth are also broken,” Palani alleged. 

The duo assaulted Palani until he fell unconscious 30 minutes later. Thirumalaisamy then called an ambulance to send him to hospital. 

His wife P Lakshmi was allegedly driven away when she rushed there and questioned the non-dalits. Meanwhile, a police team from Thali reached the spot and arranged for Palani to be admitted to the Udumalpet Government Hospital. 

“We have registered cases against Thirumalaisamy and Senthilkumar under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989. But the two are on the run. We have formed special teams to nab them,” deputy superintendent of police A Kanageswari, Udumalpet sub-division, Tirupur district. “The non-dalits levelled allegations that Palani entered the land to steal a rooster. But we have found out that allegation is false,” she said. 

There are about 100 dalit and 1,300 non-dalit families in Chinna Bommansalai. “Dalits are not treated as equals, but never in the past was a dalit beaten up so badly,” said S Rangasamy, an Arunthathiyar Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam functionary, who has planned to stage a protest against the attack on July 17. 

In a similar incident that happened in Coimbatore on July 12, K Rajeswari (38), a dalit woman from Anna Nagar near Perur was beaten up for entering the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department’s land taken on lease by a non-dalit. Two men have been arrested and search is on for two more. 

M Thangavel, co-ordinator of Vizhuthugal, an NGO said discrimination against dalits continues in several villages in Coimbatore and Tiruppur districts.

The Times Of India

 Two gruesome murders within 24 hours rock Allahabad


TNN | Jul 14, 2015, 03.02 PM IST

ALLAHABAD: Two people, including a minor girl, were found murdered in two separate incidents under Attarsuiya and Naini police stations on Monday. 

In the first case, body of six-year-old Payal of Sati-Chaura was found in a nullah under Attarsuiya police station on Monday morning. Following postmortem report, the police said that the girl was strangled to death and the body was dumped into the nullah to pass it off as a case of drowning.

Locals informed the police about the body. Girl’s mother Sunita pointed the finger of suspicion towards local youth Raju. 

Police said that the role of Raju was under scanner and said that Sunita had left her husband Motu and was reportedly living with another person. A case under Section 302 of the IPC was lodged in this connection. 

In the second incident, body of a 38-year-old Dalit youth Jagdish of Tignauta village was found Kali temple under Naini police station on Monday. Initial probe indicated that he was stabbed to death. 

Following the incident, his father lodged an FIR with Naini police station under sections 302 and 304 of the IPC and SC \ ST Act against Bauawa alias Ranjeet, Amar Singh and Dhoni of the same village. All the named people have been arrested. Father claimed that the trio had threatened his son of dire consequences following a tiff on Sunday evening. On Sunday night, the trio attacked his son with sharp-edge weapons when he was sleeping Kali temple. The case came to fore when locals spotted the body on Monday morning. Father claimed that two villagers had seen the alleged killers (named in the FIR) running away from the temple. Investigations are underway.

The Hindu

 HC: priests cannot be

restricted to one ghat



Justice P. Naveen Rao of Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday said that the authorities cannot restrict purohits to one ghat during the Godavari Pushkaralu.

The purohits can attend the rituals where the devotees want them. The judge was dealing with a writ petition filed by Dronamraju Ravi Kumar of All India Brahmin Federation who questioned the restrictions imposed by the authorities at Pushkar ghats.

The court was told that each purohit was given an identity card which specified the place where he has to conduct the prayers, he said. The petitioner complained that if a purohit crosses the specified place he would be evicted by the authorities.

The purohits cannot survive at being at one spot only. The judge said that identity cards are good step but did not appreciate the condition that the purohit should perform at the specified place only.

Trial in tonsuring case

Justice P. V. Sanjay Kumar of Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday declared that the trial in nearly two-decade-old case wherein Dalits were subjected to tonsuring shall be conducted expeditiously. The judge took on record the submission that a special public prosecutor has been appointed.

The judge was disposing of a writ petition filed by Koti China Raju and three others. The judge expressed surprise at the delay. Nearly two decades back three Dalit youths were tonsured by non-Dalits in East Godavari and the trial had not yet begun.

In January the High Court asked the State government to explain the status. Thota Trimurthulu, present MLA from Ramachandrapuram, East Godavari district is main accused in this case. Bojja Tarakam, senior counsel appearing for the petitioners, who were the victims said that charge sheet was quickly filed and the case was transferred to Vishakhapatnam in 2008 for the safety of witnesses.

Though this is a case under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 the trial has not commenced. The court on Tuesday was told that new special PP was appointed. The court directed expeditious trial.

Farewell to Judge

The Bench and the bar at Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday bid affectionate and traditional farewell to Justice K.C. Bhanu who retired as Judge of High Court.

All the judges and the advocates met at court hall of the chief justice in after noon for a farewell function. The advocates association felicitated the judge in the association hall.

The speakers recalled his services to the judiciary and the dignified way he treated the advocates.

Economic Times 

 Dalit SME fund, launched by P Chidambaram, close to shutting down


By DIVYA RAJAGOPAL, ET Bureau | 15 Jul, 2015, 10.48AM IST

The Dalit SME fund, first conceived by Montek Singh Ahluwalia and launched two years ago by former finance minister P Chidambaram, is close to shutting down. 

“The fund is not operational. We could not raise the money because we could not convince financial institutions,” Milind Kamble, Chairman Dalit Chamber of Commerce (DICCI), told ET. 

The DICCI SME fund was launched with great enthusiasm and hoped to raise Rs 500 croreores over 10 years to fund enterprises run exclusively by Schedule caste and schedule tribe entrepreneurs. 

The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) was the initial investor of the fund with a contribution of Rs 10 croreore. The then UPA government had also asked public sector banks, state insurance companies and DICCI members themselves to contribute towards the fund. 

But lack of interest from financial institutions, and the launch fo many similar `mini-funds’ by the government has pushed the DICCI SME fund to the back burner. 

“The banks and LIC did not show any interest, some of them rejected contributing towards the fund,” said a person closely associated with the fund. He requested not to be identified. “Even the supposedly wealthy members of DICCI did not come forward with their investment.” 

Three years since the fund was registered the total corpus of the fund stands at Rs 50 crore. 

Another reason for the failure, the source mentioned earlier said, is because the government itself launched “mini” funds within various ministries. Case in point being the Rs 200 crore fund that was sanctioned by Chidambaram with Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) for SC/ST enterprises during his last budget announcement. 

This fund was revived when Arun Jaitley took charge in 2014, by launching the croreedit Guarantee Enhancement Scheme, which would give croreedit to Dalit entrepreneurs at a “concessional rate”. 

DICCI was relying on a flawed model to raise money, said Vinit Rai, founder Aavishkaar an early stage investing firm. “Finance is not an emotive issue. Instead of focusing on raising funds, you need to demonstrate that there are entrepreneurs of calibre”, Rai added. “Also we don’t see anywhere in the world public banks being forthcoming when it comes to investing in VC funds because they have to provision for it.” 

Varhad Capital, the investment bank given the mandate to raise the funds for DICCI, is still hopeful. “New ideas, at times, faces initial hiccups before it takes roots,” Prasad Dahapute, Managing Director of Varhad Capital said. “Unfortunately, investments have not fructified so far, except SIDBI and our own money. Funds raising efforts are still on,” he added. 

The Times Of India

 HC asks AP to expedite

dalit atrocity case trial


TNN | Jul 15, 2015, 12.44 AM IST

HYDERABAD: Expressing disapproval over the inordinate delay in commencing the trial in the infamous ‘Siromundanam’ case, Justice Sanjay Kumar of the Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday directed the authorities to immediately do so. The case is two decades old and pertains to some dalit youth being subjected to tonsuring. 

Replying to a writ petition filed by Koti Chinna Raju and two other victims, who questioned the delay in starting the trial in a key case where a TDP leader is the key accused, the judge made it clear that the trial henceforth, shall be conducted expeditiously. 

Following certain serious remarks made by the judge against the AP government and its district officials in January this year, the TDP government appointed a public prosecutor for conducting the prosecution. 

The incident took place in December 1996 in which Thota Thrimurthulu, sitting TDP legislator from Ramachandrapuram, is the key accused. In one of the earlier hearings, senior counsel Bojja Tarakam told the court that the police had filed the chargesheet in the case within just two weeks only to ensure that the MLA gets bail. “It is difficult to get bail in SC/ST atrocities’ cases prior to filing of the chargesheet. Hence, they filed the chargesheet immediately and forgot the issue thereafter,” the senior counsel said. Within a week of the AP police filing the chargesheet, Thrimurthulu was released on bail. 

On Tuesday, the state informed the court that it appointed a special public prosecutor. Justice Sanjay Kumar directed the authorities to commence the trial and conduct it expeditiously. Since the case was transferred from Kakinada in 2008, the trial will take place in Visakhapatnam.

Zee News

 Rajasthan RTI activist assault case: Four accused surrender


Last Updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – 12:54

Jaisalmer: Four persons, who had allegedly beaten and humiliated an RTI activist in the district last week, surrendered before police here.

The accused Hamir Singh, Ganga Singh, Madan Singh and Hathi Singh surrendered in Ramgarh Police Station on Monday.

Six others accused in the case are still absconding, police said today.

SP, Jaisalmer, Rajiv Pachar said that different teams were making efforts to trace the accused, who had allegedly beaten the activist Babu Meghawal on Saturday.  PTI 

News monitored by Girish Pant & AJEET


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